Sunday, November 11, 2012

Review: Not the Norm

Not the Norm
Not the Norm by Becca J. Campbell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Speculative science fantasy/Dystopia
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of the paranormal, urban fantasy, speculative science fiction and fantasy, dystopias, those interested in the darker side of eugenics, etc.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this short story from the author in gratitude for taking part in a blog tour. An honest review was requested when I had the chance to read it. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Eden has a dangerous secret.

In a world where GenEns (enhanced humans) are the norm, her own ability is flawed. If anyone found out about the glitch in her genetic code, she’d be deemed a sub-norm, as one unfit to exist in the human race. Her certain fate would be extermination.

She always thought keeping her defect secret was her biggest struggle. That concern vanishes when her life is put in danger. Suddenly, fighting back is her only option, and she’s completely unprepared.

Her only chance for survival is by wielding her damaged power. But fear and painful memories threaten to hold her back. What will happen to her if she unleashes the terror within?

My Thoughts: This is an interesting world that Cambell has created, and in only a very few pages, too. I am very excited to hear that she plans to continue telling stories in this world – I think there are a lot more stories to tell. How did humans develop the GenEn technology? Why did it become mandatory? How did things reach this level? An intriguing dystopian universe to explore. This book is a great introduction to this world. Campbell does a great job creating characters, using a broad but thorough brush – in the short span I knew them, I felt I developed a strong understanding of what these characters were about, although I would love to learn more background and see how they get along after the ending.

I will be watching for upcoming stories in this world. Highly recommended for fans of dystopian fiction, speculative fiction, paranormal fiction and so forth.

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